Elevators and escalators might not be the first technology you imagine when you think of innovation, but over the last decade, the pace of innovation in the building transportation industry has seen exceptional growth. Why is innovation important? Innovation pushes our industry forward, promoting the introduction of advancements that improve the safety, performance and energy efficiency of transportation equipment.
This continuing evolution has led to the introduction of technologies such as destination dispatch systems, machine room-less elevators and regenerative drives that have made the elevators, escalators and moving walks we use every day safer and more energy efficient. NEII® and its members strongly support these technologies and encourage this ongoing innovation. We also understand that for this highly technical and complicated machinery to operate safely and efficiently, it is critical that the industry partner with policymakers and other stakeholders as laws and regulations are being considered.
NEII promotes the creation and implementation of laws, regulations, codes and standards that help make sure the billions of people using elevators, escalators and moving walks every day can do so safely and efficiently. And, as new, more sustainable technologies continue to be introduced to meet the requirements of our growing urban centers, these laws and regulations are continuously updated. NEII commits its time, knowledge and resources to ensure that this is done. The adoption of the ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7 Performance-based safety code for elevators and escalators is one way a jurisdiction can ensure that new technology is introduced while maintaining safety for the riding public and elevator personnel.
In 1917, the Elevator Manufacturers Association (EMA), NEII's predecessor, published the first model elevator code, which served as the starting point for developing the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME A17.1/CSA B44, used today by every jurisdiction with an elevator code in the U.S. and Canada.
Since then, NEII representatives have actively participated on ASME A17 committees, funding and conducting numerous studies resulting in revisions to the code that advance elevator and escalator safety and technical efficiency. We also work closely with other technical organizations and associations such as the International Code Council (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
NEII is fully committed to supporting innovation in the elevator industry as well as the codes and standards that ensure its safety.